French Open: Federer and Nadal to come face to face in semifinals

Roger Federer is back in the semifinals of the French Open for the first time since 2012.

At 37, he is still a quick-footed contender, as he proved himself again by defeating Stan Wawrinka, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Tuesday.

“My next opponent is pretty good,” Federer said after his victory. “He knows how to play on clay, sadly.”

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Seeded No.3, Federer returned to clay this season after three years. After losing in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open to Dominic Thiem and then withdrawing after reaching the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, he has gone a step further at the clay-court event that matters most.

Rafael Nadal during his quarterfinal victory over Kei Nishikori at the French Open on Tuesday.

But Federer used a strategy of mixing various tactics like luring Wawrinka to the net with crisply sliced backhands.

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